Would-be Aviators Contacted Him

Now that Chanute knew "How it feels to fly," he made the engineering drawings of his biplane glider available to the public, and continued to write articles and give speeches.

During this time many would-be aviators contacted him, seeking advice. In the late 1890s, two brothers from Dayton expressed an interest in flying kites and began studying the works of other scientists. After contacting the Smithsonian Institution, the brothers received several pamphlets as well as Chanute's book. Wilbur then wrote directly to Chanute. Always willing to pass along information to other experimenters, Chanute obliged and replied.

Octave Chanute, Aeronaut and Inventor

Chicago Record, 29 June 1896.